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Mets: Five way too early bold predictions for the 2021 season

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 02: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates with Dominic Smith #2 after a victory against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 2, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 02: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates with Dominic Smith #2 after a victory against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 2, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JULY 14: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets celebrates with Michael Conforto #30 after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 14, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Mets have a total of five guys with MVP votes

In addition to the three players already covered, Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil get some consideration. It might be a single vote. It might be a few more. The pair will, however, get some much-deserved attention in this department.

Both are easy choices because of how effective they have been on the field in recent years. Neither will have the same run production as Lindor and Alonso—the pair I foresee contributing the most in terms of runs scored, RBI, and maybe even home runs.

This isn’t a knock against either. Conforto and McNeil might ultimately end up as the most important players on the Mets even if the baseball writers don’t think so with their vote.

You might be wondering why I neglected to mention one, maybe two names. Specifically, it’s Dominic Smith you’re likely curious about most.

I don’t think Smith will have the same type of season in 2021 that he did last year. Partly because his playing time could end up a little sparser, Smith will have a good season but not one worth of MVP attention.

The other name I considered is Brandon Nimmo. His MVP consideration falls more into the darkhorse category. However, because he ranks well with different metrics and will hopefully shine more defensively as a left fielder, I’m willing to at least listen to people who believe he’ll get a little attention.

Five players receiving MVP votes on one team would be spectacular. Hinting at what’s to come, you can certainly get a sense of the positivity in these predictions moving forward.

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